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Last Movie You Watched

Discussion in 'Film' started by Bluemilk, May 14, 2017.

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    Watched free solo man even though you know how the movie ends it’s still a ride
     
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    Those people are insane, I love it!
     
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    I've been watching these movies for about 30 years and I still have no idea what's going on half the time. I'm not sure they did either, but it has a cool/weird mood and some likable characters. I have the Blu Ray but I prefer watching the Monstervision episode I have saved (even though it is in SD) because Joe Bob Briggs makes everything better.
     
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    I have to check this one.

    It is also related to JJ Abrams, no? At least he mentioned this movie.during the shooting of TFA, I guess.
     
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    I didn't think he was involved as he would have been a kid when it came out but apparently he was involved with a 4K remastering or something for some reason.
     
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    In the Heights with my parents!

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    I love John M Chu's work for the most part. Crazy Rich Asians and Step Up 2: The Streets are some of my favorite films of all time. This movie on a sheer quality level easily tops those. The sets, songs, and scenes were sublime, and the plot melded perfectly with the songs to create a true musical movie. It's no wonder that he'll be directing the movie version of Wicked (which I will hate myself for watching, but will do so anyways).

    The movie does a great job at adding dimension to flatter roles from the Broadway play, from what I've read, and also making it relatable. I really need to give credit to Chu's directing chops for that though. The casting and framing made the plights of the characters feel so real and intimate. You feel as if you were part of the community, even if you aren't. It didn't help that since my mom is a New Yorker born and bred, and I've spend many a summer in New York, multiple parts of this were relatable. But back to John - Chu is great at opening a window into a community and really showing what it means to be a part of that. He did so in Crazy Rich Asians, he did so (sort of) in Step Up 2 and 3, and he does so here to even greater effect. Chu also really lets emotions set in certain scenes. You see awkward conversations, heartfelt moments, and tears of joy, sorrow, and peace. It also felt like Chu was right at home directing big budget choreographed scenes. I'm not sure how he sees it, but to me it felt like he was able to dust off that Step Up directing in him, and have fun with that.

    Lin-Manuel's role in the movie was a nice cameo that really honored the creator of the musical in a fun way, as did the role Christopher Jackson (aka George Washington) had. The rest of the cast was excellent, ranging from delightfully campy (especially Stephanie Beatriz and her compadres) to beautifully grounded (Nina and her father's arc).

    The songs in this movie were good, but not my favorite. I still think I prefer Hamilton's music more. There's more variety there, and I enjoy that. However, In the Heights wasn't trying to go for variety in the same way, so it's not fair to judge it that way. Amusingly, some fans of both history and theater that I know actually like In the Heights better than Hamilton (the historical inaccuracies in the more popular musical grate on them).

    As always, not everything was perfect in this movie. One major section of the movie had some very awkward transitions to me. The tone felt scattered and it didn't tie itself together well. That being said, I'm not sure there would be a good fix to it. And even in that scattered nature, the temperature of the emotions melded well. It went from good-hot, to good-cool, to bad-cool quickly to bad-hot, back to good-hot (in an awkward transition) to bad-hot, to mixed-hot, to good-cool, to bad-cool. If that didn't make sense, here are the scenes below.
    The dinner party, the awkward fight, the dance, the blackout, the gathering at Abuela's, and then the ambulance.
    It felt rushed in retrospect, but I think I'd rather have rushed here and explore the emotions after than struggle to get here and wrap up the emotions too quickly.

    Overall, In the Heights is probably the best new movie I've seen this year; and while I still like Hamilton's music and musical experience better, I think In the Heights is a far better movie experience. I really hope I can see these actors again too. They were great! (And I need Vanessa's ab workout routine.) 8.5-9/10.


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    Stephanie Beatriz was a hoot. Her face during her kick of the "Chile-Domini-Cu-Rican" line gets me every time.
    I should have recognized Nina's dad as Bail Organa! I knew he looked familiar, but I couldn't place him and I didn't want to ruin the story by looking. Also, because of his role as Amy Santiago's father in Brooklyn Nine-Nine - in which Lin-Manuel plays Santiago's brother aka his son - all I can think about is how to connect the two properties...which doesn't help since one of the characters' last names is Morales, which makes me want to make said character a cousin of Miles Morales from the Insomniac Spider-Man game series...
     
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    Saw Logan last night, which had escaped me for a couple of years.
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    A marvelous, powerful movie, and one that reaches TLJ levels of emotional impact. Probably my favorite supers movie to date, and one with a story and message that actually has something important to say. Great, great stuff!

    PS: And Dafne Keen is a tour de force in this movie! Heavens, she's good! Who thought a little girl could steal Hugh Jackman's light, and in a Wolverine movie nonetheless! We shall watch your career with great interest, ma'am! :)
     
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    movies I watching this week

    Cloverfield Lane
    Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar
    the Camp Crystal Lake Memories documentary for DVD
     
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    its stephanie beatriz duh
     
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